2 people killed in wrong-way crash identified

Image courtesy Steve Gaskins FHP

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — A wrong-way driver caused a fatal crash on Interstate 275 southbound near Interstate 4 early Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The Ashley Drive exit on I-275 SB is closed due to the crash and is expected to be closed for hours for an investigation.

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According to FHP, two people were killed in the crash, one male driver from each vehicle. Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt.

The wrong-way driver in a 2006 Acura TL was heading northbound in the southbound exit ramp, causing the head-on crash with a 2006 GMC Envoy around 5:40 a.m. FHP officers said they had received some calls about a wrong-way driver around that time, but it was too late.

The Acura driver was identified as Larry Lorenza Thompson, 47, of Tampa. The GMC driver was Eugene M. Fischer, 65, of San Antonio, FL.

Eugene Fischer
Eugene Fischer

The off-ramp does appear to be marked with “wrong way” warning signs.

The crash caused major back-ups on I-275 southbound and I-4 westbound. The roadways cleared completely and the ramp was open at 10:05 a.m.

Photo: FHP
Photo: FHP

FHP is investigating. No further details have been released at this time. Stay with WFLA.com for updates.

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